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Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction
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Certain foods of food additives that your baby eats could cause a reaction in his immune system. This is a food allergy. Your baby may have a reaction after eating only a small amount of food. In some cases, this reaction can be severe or even life-threatening. An allergic reaction can occur immediately or over time.
Here are some symptoms of possible food allergy that may be noticed upon repeated exposure to the potentially allergenic food:
- stuffy nose
- watery eyes
- low weight gain
- projectile vomiting
- facial swelling
- repeated diarrhea
- eczema or hives
- wheezy breathing
- blood in the stool
Consult a doctor immediately if you fear your baby has a food allergy.
Diarrhea is quite common among babies and young children.
It usually means: more frequent, loose stools, generally lasts for only a brief period and should always be treated quickly, especially in infants.
Diarrhea germs spread from person to person, especially among children.
Washing your hands before and after - diaper changes, going to the washroom and while handling food, will help limit the spread of diarrhea germs.
Symptoms associated with diarrhea include:
- frequent, loose watery stools
- abdominal cramps
- abdominal pain
Gastroenteritis is an infection in the intestines marked by: diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, abdominal cramps and sometimes fever.
There is no effective treatment for gastroenteritis except prevention.
Symptoms of gastroenteritis include:
- stools appear black or bloody
- fever of more than 38.5 degrees Celsius (101.5 Farenheit)
- abdominal cramps
- dehydration (less than 4 wet diapers in 24 hours, dry mouth, skin or tongue, greyish skin, sunken eyes or soft spot)
- diarrhea occurs in a baby under 6 months of age
- gastroenteritis occurs in a baby under 6 months of age
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